Andrew Coppel, a law graduate, started his career as a chartered accountant with PwC in 1973, then joined Morgan Grenfell as an investment banker where he worked in M&A and corporate banking. He moved on to a variety of cross sector board positions with Ratners Group (CFO), Sale Tilney (Chair/CEO), Queens Moat Houses (CEO), Jockey Club Racecourses (CEO) and De Vere Group (Chair/CEO). At De Vere, he led the five year task to build and crystallize value, in the process repaying virtually all of Lloyds Bank’s £1.1bn of debt.
He played a pivotal role at Tourism Ireland, acting as chairman for the cross-border body for seven years from its formation in 2000 under the Good Friday Agreement, and for which he was awarded a CBE. He was also non-exec chair of London Irish, a non-exec director of Crest Nicholson, a member of Lloyds Bank’s advisory board on Ireland and a non-exec director of The Bannatyne Group.
He is currently chairman of Dolphin Capital Investors, an AIM listed developer of real estate in Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Turkey. Additionally, he is a director of St George’s Hill GC and sits on the House Committee at The Hurlingham Club in Fulham.
He is married with two adult children (corporate M&A lawyer at Allen & Overy and hospital doctor) and enjoys golf, tennis and rugby. His wife is a former banking supervisor at the Bank of England, Asthma UK charity trustee and a fundraiser for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.